Where did you grow up?
London and Liverpool, UK
What is your earliest memory of writing/drawing?
Scribbling on the bedroom wall.
What inspired you to write/illustrate your first book?
Seemed a nice thing to do.
Do you use your childhood as inspiration?
What books from your childhood have most influenced your work? What about adult titles?
Rupert Bear, Just William, Pooh, Don Quixote.
What are your hobbies and interests besides reading and books?
The wild west. The Napoleonic Wars.
Who are a couple of your favorite author/illustrators? What is it about their work that inspires and interests you?
David McKee—his stories.
Tomi UNgerer—his drawings.
What one or two words of advice would you give for young authors/illustrators?
Don’t give up.